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Possible solutions to learners' poor English performance in schools
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Namibia: To attain a good command of a second language, learners should either be exposed to it in real circumstances and with natural frequency, or painstakingly learn words and sentence structures assuming that learners have some contact with natural input. A conducive English learning environment should be created for learners to enjoy learning in the target language. All English teachers in Namibia should ensure that English learning materials are displayed in their classrooms — this should be compulsory.
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5 education ideas from the State of the Union
CNN (Commentary)
To guess the education plans in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, look no further than the guests in first lady Michelle Obama's box. Obama's action points often reflected their stories: an undocumented college student who took part in Obama's "deferred action" plan; a 16-year-old winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair; a recent community college graduate who now works on wind turbines; a young machinist who laid the foundation for his manufacturing career at his Kentucky high school; a first-grade teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; an early childhood educator from Norman, Okla., and a NASA Mars Curiosity rover team member who volunteers to mentor students in FIRST robotics.
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Instead of arming teachers, hire police
USA Today
Despite calls from conservatives to arm teachers, a voice of reason and dissent has emerged from this reddest of states. Alabama Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, a conservative Republican, says it is "doubtful" that teachers here should be armed. Holtzclaw, a retired Marine, has something many of us don't: experience about what it means to use a gun in combat situations. He was a primary marksmanship instructor who trained other Marines.
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Study: Interventions help Latino students beat 'stereotype threat'
Education Week
Latino middle-school students whose academic performance may have been undermined by "stereotype threat" — an anxiety that can stem from being a member of a racial, ethnic, or gender group associated with negative stereotypes — earned higher grades after participating in classroom assignments meant to help them feel more confident about themselves, a new study has found.

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In China, English teaching is a whites-only club
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Speak a little English and are willing to relocate? Well, you're probably qualified to be an English language instructor in China. As long as you are white, that is. Chinese teaching agencies are constantly seeking candidates to teach English to the growing number of children who are looking to get a leg up in China's rigorous academic environment. The opportunity is quite lucrative and requires little or no knowledge of Chinese.

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ACLU: Thousands of English learners denied services in California
Education Week
More than 20,000 English learners in California are not receiving English language instruction that is required under state and federal law, according to civil rights lawyers who are threatening to sue the state education agency over the matter. The American Civil Liberties Union of California demanded that state officials take action against 251 school districts that it says are not providing English language acquisition services to ELLs enrolled in their schools.

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Study: NCLB waivers weaken grad rate accountability
The Associated Press via ABC News
Many states granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind law are relaxing or ignoring federal regulations designed to hold schools accountable for the number of students who graduate from high school on time, according to a new study. When No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002, states used so many different ways to calculate graduation rates it was almost impossible to know how many students in the U.S. finished high school with a regular diploma in four years.
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Obama proposal reflects shift in views on early childhood education
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's call for universal preschool in his State of the Union address underlines a national shift in thinking about early childhood education, driven by advances in neuroscience and a growing urgency about the need to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children. A small but increasing number of states have invested tax dollars in preschool during the past decade, and millions of parents are walking their 3- and 4-year-old children into classrooms instead of keeping them at home or with a babysitter.
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New report continues the dialogue on testing integrity
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Academic assessment plays an important role in making decisions about the education of our children. We — parents, educators and administrators — all depend on valid and reliable data. Yet a series of high-profile cheating incidents over the last several years has raised concerns about the integrity of those testing data. And even though every state has made an effort to prevent cheating, states haven't always had access to a library of test security strategies that are most likely to work.
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Teacher absenteeism
USA Today
New research suggests that teacher absenteeism is becoming problematic in U.S. public schools, as about one in three teachers miss more than 10 days of school each year. The nation's improving economic picture may also worsen absenteeism as teachers' fears ease that they'll lose their job over taking too many sick days, researchers say. First-ever figures from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, compiled in 2012, also show that in a few states, nearly half of teachers miss more than 10 days in a typical 180-day school year.
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New education technology bill supports digital learning, Common Core
eSchool New
A new bill calls on Congress to fund $500 million in grants to states and districts for educational technology, and supporters say it could replace the old Enhancing Education Through Technology program, which died in 2011. The Transforming Education Through Technology Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. George Miller of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Does the Common Core demoralize teachers?
The Huffington Post
Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 Teacher of the Year, writes: "It's a serious question, with serious implications. It's a question that arises for me all too often when I see tired faces, confused looks or disheartened shoulders. It's a question that I feel a responsibility to wrestle with; after all, I've spent the last few years working to make sense of the Core, to put it in language that resonates with others, to make it accessible in ways that teachers won't feel like they're losing the integrity of their classrooms."
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10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results
The Guardian
London: As a creative school, with a track record in fantastic English results, teachers at Holy Trinity and St. Silas School in London are often asked what their specific approach is: How do we teach through the arts yet manage to maintain such high expectations from all our pupils? Anna Warren, English subject leader at the school, would like to share some of these approaches with you.
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Minnesota wants to boost funding for English language learning
Minnesota Public Radio
In hopes of boosting student achievement, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by about $4.5 million a year, a 12 percent increase over current levels. The governor's proposal is aimed at helping the 65,000 students in Minnesota for whom English is not a first language.
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Latino coalition pushing for education equality
San Antonio Express-News
Members of the newly-formed Latino Coalition for Educational Equality recently descended on the Texas Capitol to push for education reforms, including funding for low-income districts and more involvement by Latino experts in the legislative process.
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Superintendent lauded for approach to English language learners
MinnPost
Sometimes a woman goes along quietly doing her thing over the course of years without it ever really coming to the attention of the hometown establishment that something remarkable has occurred. Minneapolis' St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva recently got some pretty cool ink for her 15-year-old campaign to overhaul the district's approach to its English language learners, who make up 45 percent of its students.
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Addressing illiteracy problems in Corpus Christi, Texas
KIII-TV
The city of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been added to another list, and it is not a nice one. According to a study by the University of Connecticut, out of 76 of the largest cities in the U.S., Corpus Christi ranks at the bottom of the most literate. The study looked at the size of the library system, the number of book stores and the number of newspapers being sold.
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Surge in immersion programs spreads
Star Tribune
Across Minnesota, language immersion programs are growing — and growing up. Demand to prepare students for a global job market and competition to attract students have doubled the number of immersion programs since 2006. Once limited to elementary schools, they're reflecting a national trend and spreading to middle schools and a handful of high schools.
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Is English still the dominant language of higher education?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Globally, English has been key to academic collaboration, through research activity, events and communications, both inside and between institutions themselves. But as Mary Jane Curry, co-author of "Academic writing in a global context," points out, the growing dominance of English in academia has put scholars from non-English-speaking countries at a disadvantage in publishing and sharing research across borders.
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Culture shock: Students from abroad overcome obstacles
Arbiter Online
Many students go about their daily lives at Boise State in Idaho without considering what the person sitting next to them in class overcame to simply be there. While the process of becoming a Boise State student, for most, consists mainly of graduating high school, filling out applications and applying for financial aid, others have had larger hurdles to overcome.
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Texas school makes learning English as a second language fun
KTEN-TV
Some say English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, but Grayson College in Grayson County, Texas, is trying to change that reputation, by making it more fun. Cindy Stephens teaches Intensive English courses. She's known to have her students watch news stories to help them understand different dialects, but now she's stepping up their conversation skills in a fun new way.
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Russian citizens study English for Olympics
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Russia: Residents and officials of the Russian city of Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, can study English for free. Some of them may enhance their command of English voluntarily while others must learn the language as part of their work duties, reports Xinhua. The local authorities are attempting to make their city tourist-friendly prior to the expected heavy inflow of foreign guests next February when the 22nd Winter Olympics will be held in the subtropical resort.
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Latino program helps immigrant families achieve their American dream
CNN
Gaby Ortiz was just 15 years old when she left her home in Mexico and immigrated to the United States. She was young, newly married and thought achieving the American Dream would be instantaneous. But her life in Atlanta didn't quite start out that way. She was scared. Gaby didn't speak any English, couldn't find a job, and was pregnant with her first child. Over the next few years, Gaby gave birth to two children. She said she stayed home all the time and she only associated with the Latino community in Atlanta because it was the only place she felt comfortable. However, her life changed when Ramiro began kindergarten. Gaby still didn't speak English.
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The need for affordable models for English learning
Daily Pioneer
Saurabh Singh tells Sangeeta Yadav that the Pearson's VETI tests aim to train people in English. He wants to introduce an affordable model where people can learn English through mobile platforms.
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The English tongue
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Ireland: Robert King points out that language is a natural fracture across communities, and it has formed a big part of arguments around identity and self-expression. Ireland's struggle to revive the Irish language during the fight for independence, the resurrection of the near extinct Hebrew language in Israel and most recently the debates over government recognition of Spanish in United States, all point out how closely people associate identity and community rights with language. English, a transplanted, Anglo Saxon tongue, has survived as a language of power and upward mobility.
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Bilingual babies know their grammar by 7 months
University of British Columbia via ScienceDaily
Babies as young as 7 months can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and Université Paris Descartes.
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Study: Interventions help Latino students beat 'stereotype threat'
Education Week
Latino middle-school students whose academic performance may have been undermined by "stereotype threat" — an anxiety that can stem from being a member of a racial, ethnic or gender group associated with negative stereotypes — earned higher grades after participating in classroom assignments meant to help them feel more confident about themselves, a new study has found. Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara had a group of students, both Latino and white, participate in "values-affirmation" classroom assignments throughout the school year.
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'Simplified' brain lets the iCub robot learn language
INSERM via Science Daily
The iCub humanoid robot on which the team directed by Peter Ford Dominey, CNRS Director of Research at Inserm Unit 846*, has been working for many years will now be able to understand what is being said to it and even anticipate the end of a sentence. This technological prowess was made possible by the development of a "simplified artificial brain" that reproduces certain types of so-called "recurrent" connections observed in the human brain. The artificial brain system enables the robot to learn, and subsequently understand, new sentences containing a new grammatical structure.
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12 ways to help ESL and ELL students
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The number of immigrant children in American schools is quite literally growing by the day. It's estimated that children of immigrants represent 25 percent of the K-12 population in the United States and that number has jumped dramatically in recent years. Between 1970 and 2000, the number of K-12 children who speak Spanish at home doubled from 3.5 to 7 million, while the number of children speaking Asian languages tripled from 0.5 to 1.5 million. These students will, almost certainly, struggle in English speaking classrooms. ExpertClick editors look at some important steps to take with ELL or ESL students in your classroom.
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The value of natural play
By Gordon MacIntyre
Children today do not play outside as much as even a generation ago. It is a function of the way society, parenting and, therefore, children are developing. As parents, we worry about the boogeyman syndrome, that if we let our children out of our sight, someone will harm them. We worry about the evil in the world and about the safety of children, and so, albeit with good intentions, we restrict them. We don’t let them explore on their own. We structure the majority of their time, too often placing our own rules on them, leading their play. But natural play is nourishment to a child’s soul, and here’s why.
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Why confusion can be a good thing
MindShift
We all know that confusion doesn't feel good. Because it seems like an obstacle to learning, we try to arrange educational experiences and training sessions so that learners will encounter as little confusion as possible. But as is so often the case when it comes to learning, our intuitions here are exactly wrong. Scientists have been building a body of evidence over the past few years demonstrating that confusion can lead us to learn more efficiently, more deeply, more lastingly — as long as it's properly managed.
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Creating schoolwide PBL aligned to Common Core
Edutopia (commentary)
Green Street Academy is a two-year-old public middle and high school in urban Baltimore. One of the school's focuses is to embrace the green eco-sustainability movement and the new career paths it will generate. Like most schools, GSA is designed around extremely high academic standards that capture students' imaginations, stimulate their curiosities and inspire their successes. Unique to our program, though, is that last year we began the process of transforming the entire school to a true project-based learning environment by the end of this school year.
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Rise early and shine: Teachers and students try out longer school days
NPR
It's 7:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, the sun is still rising and the kids at Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., are already dancing. They are stomping, hopping, clapping and generally "getting the shakies out," as fifth-grader Jaelinne Davis puts it. "If we're like hyper, if we do this, then we can get better at, like, staying mellow and stuff like that," she says. By 9 a.m., Jaelinne will be back at her normal school day with its core curriculum that is graded by a state test at the end of the year. But until then, she'll have 80 minutes of exercising, breakfast and enrichment classes. These classes such as math, computer games, robotics and hands-on science lessons are all meant to be fun, but still include a level of learning, extending the length of a typical school day.
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Social media training for kids: A 60-minute class workshop
The Huffington Post
Worried about kids and social networks? While services like Facebook, Google , Twitter and Pinterest are among the most public of online spaces, it may help to recall that a little education can go a long way towards teaching children how to behave and act more appropriately on these sites.
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